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11/6/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Ernest Joseph Orona
Ernest Joseph Orona, 70, a lifelong resident of New Mexico and part-time resident of DeWitt, died Nov. 6, 2012.

The Rosary was said at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Tome, N.M., Nov. 16, and a funeral Mass was celebrated the following morning at the Aquinas Newman Center at the University of New Mexico.

A reception followed immediately in the church's gathering space.

Internment will take place in the spring of 2013 in DeWitt.

Ernest was born in La Constancia, N.M., Oct. 5, 19142.

In 1962, he joined Peace Corps Colombia III, and after training at the University of New Mexico Peace Corps training camp in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and Columbia Uni-versity in New York City, he was assigned to work in community development in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.

The second year of duty, he traveled the entire country working for the Laubach Literacy Foundation in an each-one, teach-one program with the local Juntas.

Upon returning to this country, he married his loving wife of 48 years, Margaret Guinan of DeWitt Aug. 22, 1964.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in Latin American affairs from the University of New Mexico in August of 1968,

Ernest was a commercial real estate broker and owner of Benchmark Real Estate Investments. He was a member of the Albuquerque Board of Realtors and CARNM. For years, he was the contractor for the con-struction of large apartment buildings and private homes.

Ernest is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Guinan Orona; daughters, Mary Orona and Marie-Jeanne "Shani" Orona; brothers and sisters, Margaret (Amarante) Zamora of La Constancia, Tom (Drucilla) and Raymond (Joyce Murdoch) of Placitas, N.M., Lou (Walter) Reed of Chandler, Ariz., Ana Lourdes (Don) Dean of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and Joe Orona and Raece Johnson of Albuquerque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Melinda Orona, formerly of LaConstancia; and a brother, Tony, formerly of Albuquerque.


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